A man from Chorleywood and a woman who worked together to abuse a child have been jailed.
The abuse spanned over three years, when the victim was aged between three and six.
Paula Dos-Reis, aged 28, of Greencroft Gardens and Andrew Barker, aged 53, of Dog Kennel Lane, both pleaded guilty to a string of offences at Luton Crown Court on Friday, November 23.
The pair had struck up a relationship which later developed into Dos-Reis providing abuse images and videos of her with a child in return for payments. The victim was aged between two and six years old when the abuse took place.
In total Dos-Reis received around £64,000 in payments from Barker.
Sentencing them yesterday (Monday, November 26,) at Luton Crown Court, His Honour Judge Andrew Goymer described the crimes as “horrendous.”
He jailed Dos-Reis for six years and Barker for six years and nine months. They have both been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and have been made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 12 years.
Detective sergeant Mike Birch, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Child Online Safeguarding Team said: “Dos-Reis and Barker’s offending came to our attention via the National Crime Agency as part of a wider investigation they were carrying out into online abuse footage.
“Dos-Reis met Barker through her work and they began a relationship in 2012. In 2014 the abuse began and continued for three years, with Dos-Reis receiving significant payments in return for her despicable crimes.
“Our main priority in this case was safeguarding the young victim, who is now safe and is continuing to receive specialist support as the actions of Dos-Reis and Barker will have a life-long impact on her.
“Although Dos-Reis and Barker have now been jailed, this is not where the case ends as we are now working to seize the money Dos-Reis received under the Proceeds of Crime Act.”